It’s really amazing how the BBQ world has really embraced Twitter. Who would’ve ever thought that we could talk so much, establish close ties, and build friendships in 140 characters or less? That continually amazes me!
Not too long ago, I met some of my Twitter friends in real-life when Charles & Allegra Wilson of C-Dub’s BBQ Rub came to the Carolinas for a visit. I previously wrote about this meeting. They were kind enough to give me some of their rub, and I’ve had a chance to use it over the last few days.
A little bit about C-Dub’s… C-Dub’s is based in Washington state, which is better known for its coffee than its BBQ. It is a family and veteran-run business. Charles uses his North Carolina roots to produce and market a line of quality rubs at reasonable prices.
The first rub I decided to try is the original All Natural BBQ rub. It is composed of garlic, pepper, sugar, salt and other spices. Below are my naked observations…
In order to better show the rub’s color, I decided to sprinkle some onto a paper towel. Naturally, I took a picture:
At an initial glance, the rub has a very good color that is typical of most BBQ rubs. However, a close-up shot reveals just how many spices are in play here with the rub. I took a small taste and found that I tasted garlic more than I did salt (which is a pleasant change). I also tasted a hint of something smoky within the rub. It wasn’t an overpowering flavor, but very complementary in terms of the other flavor profiles present in the rub.
C-Dub’s suggests to cook your food low and slow when using their rub. However, since I was preparing this meal after work, I would have to make use of the gas grill and cook some pork chops. I lightly coated the chops with vegetable oil and then gave them a generous helping of the rub. The rub gave the chops a nice beautiful red color.
After cooking for 20-25 minutes, the chops came off the grill. I was able to get some pretty decent looking grill marks on the pork chops.
I could taste the flavors of the rub as I bit into the pork chop. The flavor profiles present in the rub balanced quite nicely with the flavor of the pork. I made a note to definitely use this again in the future. Turns out the future was much sooner than expected…
When I purchased the pork chops, I also purchased some boneless skinless chicken breasts (because my wife won’t eat meat with bones in it… don’t bother, I’ve already tried). I finally got around to cooking the chicken breasts (again, on the gas grill… I’m on a lazy streak). Since there were four pieces of chicken to cook, I decide to do half of them using C-Dub’s Original BBQ Rub and the other half using C-Dub’s VooDoo Rub.
The consistency of the VooDoo Rub was very similar to that of the Original BBQ Rub. A quick taste test confirmed very similar flavor profiles, with the exception of the heat factor. It had a very nice heat — it was not overbearing but it definitely let you know that it was there.
As I mentioned before, I grilled four pieces of chicken. I used C-Dub’s Original BBQ Rub on half of them, with the rest getting rubbed with C-Dub’s VooDoo Rub. The package of VooDoo Rub was a “One Nighter” (intended for one meal), but luckily there was enough left over for a “nooner” another day!
After spending 20 minutes on the grill, I sauced the chicken breasts. The pieces that had the Original BBQ Rub were sauced with Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce, while the ones with the VooDoo Rub got a basting with the Spicy BBQ Sauce from Uncle Kenny’s BBQ (read my previous review of Uncle Kenny’s Spicy BBQ Sauce here).
The flavor of the chicken was great! My choice for the night was the spicy chicken. And it was definitely spicy. The heat from the rub and the sauce kept me wanting more…. (water, that is).
For anyone who is interested in ordering some of C-Dub’s rubs, you can do so on their website at http://www.cdubsrub.com. They also have a presence on Facebook and Twitter if you would like to follow them there.